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Frequently asked TPMS Questions answered!

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In today’s era of automotive innovation, the focus on safety and efficiency has never been more intense, and one key player in this arena is the humble tyre. It's easy to overlook, but the role tyres play in your vehicle's overall performance is monumental.

Across Australia, from bustling city roads to the rugged outback, cars and trucks rely on tubeless air-filled tyres for a plethora of reasons, including improved comfort, better fuel efficiency, and enhanced safety. Yet, maintaining the optimal tyre pressure is crucial for leveraging these benefits fully. This is where Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMS) come into play, a technology that’s becoming as quintessential as the tyres themselves.

Balcatta Tyrepower is your local tyre store, specialising in brands such as Kumho, Maxxis, Cooper, Vitora and Toyo and more. We have something to suit all vehicles and budgets.

The Vital Role of Tyre Pressure

Tyre pressure isn't just another item on your vehicle maintenance checklist; it's a critical factor that influences tyre longevity, driving comfort, and your vehicle's grip on the road. Correctly inflated tyres ensure that your vehicle can perform at its best, offering the perfect balance between grip, efficiency, and wear. But keeping tabs on tyre pressure can be a tedious task, often overlooked until it’s too late. Enter TPMS, a game-changer in tyre maintenance and safety.

Decoding TPMS: More Than Just Pressure Monitoring

TPMS stands for Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, an advanced tool that not only keeps a vigilant eye on your tyre pressure but, in some cases, monitors tyre temperature as well. This dual functionality is crucial because both pressure and temperature play a significant role in tyre performance and safety. A TPMS alerts you in real-time if your tyre pressure drops below or rises above the recommended levels, allowing for immediate corrective action to prevent potential tyre failure and ensure optimal driving conditions.

The Two Types of TPMS: Internal and External

TPMS sensors come in two main varieties: internal and external. Internal sensors are fitted inside the tyre and offer direct measurements of pressure and temperature, providing precise data for a seamless driving experience. External sensors, on the other hand, are mounted on the tyre valve, offering a more straightforward and often more affordable solution without the need for tyre disassembly. Each type has its benefits, and choosing the right one depends on your vehicle's requirements and your personal preferences. The factory TPMS system on most vehicles is of the internal type.

The Importance of TPMS in Modern Driving

For vehicles equipped with run-flat tyres, TPMS is not just important; it's indispensable. Run-flat tyres allow a vehicle to continue driving at a reduced speed even after a puncture. Because of the stiffer sidewalls on run-flat tyres, without a TPMS, a driver might not notice the loss of pressure in time, risking further damage to the tyre or even their safety. Moreover, for those whose vehicles did not come with a factory-installed TPMS, aftermarket kits are available, offering the same level of safety and monitoring for any vehicle. And it's not just cars and trucks that can benefit—caravans, trailers, and even motorcycles can be equipped with TPMS, ensuring every journey is as safe as can be.

Why TPMS Deserves Your Attention

Understanding and utilising TPMS technology can improve your driving experience, not just by preserving your tyres but by safeguarding your journey. Whether you're driving a family sedan, hauling a caravan across the country, or enjoying the open road on a motorcycle, a TPMS offers peace of mind and keeps you informed of your tyres' health.

For those looking to install, diagnose or repair a TPMS system, or for any tyre-related inquiries, reaching out to a professional is your best bet. We're here to help with all your tyre needs, so do exactly that, reach out or, come see the expert team at Balcatta Tyrepower for the latest products, a huge range and outstanding customer service. Call us today on (08) 9345 2977 or visit us at Unit 4 / 436 Wanneroo Road, Westminster. Contact us today for all things tyres, and drive with confidence, knowing your TPMS is looking out for you.

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